New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo is showing tangible signs of progress in his rehab assignment with the Syracuse Mets.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Nimmo could be back as early as this week. The Mets want to see how he fares in consecutive games in the outfield. In his most recent outing, Nimmo was fantastic.
Brandon Nimmo (bulging cervical disc) enjoyed the best game of his rehab assignment today, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored, playing all nine innings in center field. Have to think he's getting close.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 25, 2019
The energetic center fielder is going to have an opportunity to salvage his 2019 season. In 43 games, Nimmo is slashing .200/.344/.323 with just three home runs and 14 RBIs. This is out of character for Nimmo.
If he’s healthy, the center fielder should be much better than his .667 OPS this season. In his first three years, Nimmo compiled an .OPS of .840.
The good news for the Mets is that Nimmo doesn’t need to be a savior. Jeff McNeil is a stud, Michael Conforto is rock solid, and even J.D. Davis’ play warrants a spot in the everyday lineup. Heck, even Juan Lagares has had a mini-resurgence of late.
However, the Mets are at their best when Brandon Nimmo is the everyday center fielder. That allows Conforto to move to right field, where he’s better suited.
The Mets are off on Monday but welcome the Chicago Cubs to Citi Field on Tuesday. The Cubs are currently two games in front of the Mets and hold sole possession of the second Wild Card spot.